Logic/Mainstage Output?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by teknikal90, Sep 5, 2009.

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    teknikal90

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    Hey all,
    I'm getting Logic Studio on my MacBook and am planning to use Mainstage on stage. Just a question, how do I output the sound?
    Do I use just the on board sound with an adapter to fit the ¼" plug? Is that sufficient?
    Or do I need an output device of some sort?
    The stage is pretty big, all sound goes through an Aviom system and through a central desk to the front of house. So I just wasn't sure if the inbuild output is sufficient?
    Anyone with knowledge on this?

    thanks!
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I haven't ever performed with a computer on stage, but IMHO if it sounds good going through headphones and your speakers at home, it will be good enough for stage. A nice USB audio interface might give you better digital>analog conversion, but that's probably not even a noticeable difference in a live venue (and adding a device might increase latency, which strikes me as a far bigger problem than a few bits of sound quality).
     
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    teknikal90

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    oh ok thanks!
    i was really just concerned that perhaps since its such a big ystem it mgith damage my mac somehow...
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Using the headphone output on the mac may be fine. I would recommend getting a decent sound card if you need more inputs and outputs in the future. Firewire not USB! Any good audio interface like a Apogee Duet should not increase latency - but it can improve the quality of the sound due to superior A/D convertors than the built in sound card.

    deej
     

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